Inspiring future space explorers: Q&A with former NASA astronaut Leland Melvin

Leland Melvin has lived a very interesting life. 

He was a star athlete in his younger years, breaking records at the University of Richmond as a wide receiver and getting selected by the Detroit Lions in the 1986 National Football League draft. Injuries soon derailed his gridiron dreams, however, so Melvin sought out even more rarefied air — a career as a NASA astronaut.

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